Help for Heroes Choir Rehearsal at New College Swindon

03 Sep 2021

New College Welcomes the Help For Heroes Choir To Our Queens Drive Campus.

Over the past year, restrictions on social gatherings, large groups, and get-togethers have forced the majority of the UK online; The Help for Heroes Choir was no exception. Despite not being able to rehearse face-to-face the choir powered on, taking to the virtual world and practicing online. Now, I think many of us felt the frustration of trying to hold meetings and family quiz nights over our team chat provider of choice, but very few of us would have been trying to harmonise (musically, at least) with our fellow chat members. Isolation offered its challenges to the charity and those they seek to help, but through the generosity of donors, the commitment resilience of the charities members, help continued for heroes across the UK. The choir managed to maintain its stellar work despite restrictions and varying reliability of internet signal. Despite success online, the choir members were keen to get back into the physical world for a face-to-face rehearsal. The Choir got together at New College Swindon’s Phoenix theatre for their face-to-face choir rehearsal, with a member of the choir saying

“We have been rehearsing online for months and months to have the opportunity for a face-to-face rehearsal was brilliant: to see everyone again and sing with them was simply magical. I’m not the greatest singer, due to a gunshot wound through my face, but just being there, being part of this amazing group of people was so good for the soul.”

The Help for Heroes Choir is a community choir made up of 60 wounded, injured, and sick serving and veteran personal across all services on their own journey towards recovery and raising awareness for all veterans and active service personnel.

Help for Heroes believes those who serve our country deserve support when they’re wounded.

Every day, men and women have to leave their careers in the Armed Forces as a result of physical or psychological wounds; their lives changed forever. The Charity helps them, and those still serving, to recover and get on with their lives by providing physical, psychological, financial, and welfare support for as long as they need it. It also supports their families, because they too can be affected by their loved one’s wounds.

Help For Heroes receives almost no funding from the Government, which means it relies on the spirit and generosity of the great British public, its partners, and volunteers to keep going. It has already supported more than 26,500 people and won’t stop until every wounded veteran gets the support they deserve.

If you would like to know more, or get involved with Help For Heroes and their work supporting our veterans and active service personnel see more on their website here.

For more info on the Help For Heroes choir click here